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The University of Southampton
Active Living and Rehabilitation

Active Living Technologies

The Active Living Technologies Research Theme aims to enable lifelong active living to enhance musculoskeletal health and general health. Our work includes any conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, including neurological and respiratory conditions, ageing, cancer, obesity, so our work overlaps with several other themes in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis and back pain, can limit activity, so their prevention and effective management are vital for an active lifestyle. Our work involves adolescents through to older adults, and includes a variety of conditions that affect people who are frail or sedentary through to people undertaking recreational and elite sports.

ALR Theme
Active Living Technologies

Our basic scientific research focuses on mechanisms of movement in health and musculoskeletal disorders, including the biomechanics of movement (led by Martin Warner) and neuromuscular control of movement (led by Maria Stokes). This knowledge informs the development of exercise programmes to protect joints from abnormal loading and injuries that may lead to osteoarthritis.

Key research programmes are:

  • Movement dysfunction mechanisms and exercise interventions – Maria Stokes
  • Clinical effectiveness of self-management interventions for people with arthritis – Jo Adams
  • Communication and decision-making in health encounters – Lisa Roberts
  • Foot and ankle research – Cathy Bowen

Our research is integral to the multidisciplinary Southampton Musculoskeletal Research Unit (link under construction) and Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. A strategy to develop sustainable research programmes is embedded within our research, through supported internships and doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships that facilitate capacity building.

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